Temporary emergency childcare for essential workers

Many licensed childcare centres remain open to provide services in a safe manner for those who need it most. For school-age children, this includes before and after school care, or child care during the summer.

The Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre (WCCRC) can give parents and guardians a referral to temporary childcare for children ages 0 to 12 years (including those with special needs) if they: 

The Provincial Health Officer has advised that all parents who can, should care for their children at home, while recognizing that childcare services must be provided in a safe manner for those families whose parents work in critical roles.

Unfortunately, as available spaces are limited, receiving a referral does not guarantee a spot.

Request a referral online

What happens next?

After you complete the online referral form, WCCRC will email you a list of childcare options based on your needs and preferred locations.

Contact the option of your choice to register. Fees and hours of operation will vary. Be sure to confirm these details when you register.

What are essential services and who is prioritized?

Every group listed in the Province’s list of essential services in BC during the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic can request a referral.

As directed by the Province of BC, childcare operators have been asked to prioritize placement for workers employed in health and health services, social services, law enforcement, first responders, and emergency response.

Childcare providers may also enroll children of non-essential workers at their discretion.

Our goal is to help connect temporary emergency childcare to those who need it most.

Learn more about Westcoast Child Care Resource Centre

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